I have always loved making little painted wooden toys. There’s just something about a handmade wooden toy that brings me back to my childhood. For years I sold my DIY wooden toys on Etsy, but now I’m excited to be share with others how I made some of my most popular toy crafts.
This little bowling pin wooden toy set is not only a great project to do with kids, but it also makes for a very creative and unique gift for special occasions and birthdays. I promise that if you show up to a party with this little set, everyone will want to know how you made it.
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- Unfinished Wooden Bowling Set – I only used 6 of the pins but you can use all 10
- Paint – The Martha Stewart brand of acrylic paint is by far my favorite and I pretty much use it for the majority of my projects.
- Dotting Tool (optional) and/or Paint Brushes – Whenever I’m painting small faces on crafts I use these awesome dot tools. I love that the set has different sizes. I also love the small paint brushes in this set for other face details.
- Washi Tape – You need something to wrap around the center of the pin that can easily be removed.
- Sealant – I use this sealant on all of my wooden and rock crafts.
- Wrap a piece of washi tape around the center of each bowling pin. You can put them side-by-side to ensure the tape is in the same place on each.
- With your first color paint paint just above the washi tape.
- Next take the same paint and lighten it by adding a small amount of white. With the lightened color paint just below the washi tape.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all of the bowling pins.
- Using a dotting tool and a small sized paint brush, paint a Kawaii inspired face onto each pin.
- Once the paint has completely dried you can remove the washi tape.
- Seal your finished DIY toy bowling set with a spray sealant to prevent chipping and fading.